This morning I had a moment of joyful reflection, as I stood amongst you, dressed as The Gruffalo. I was inspired by everyone’s love of literature, and how each student (and staff member) brought their favourite book to life. I am thankful for each of you, for your child’s place in our community, and for our dedicated staff team who love to inspire and equip our students in unique ways every day.
Thank you for bringing these words from Romans to life today, that “in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Romans 12:5). What a rich image of our unique community.
Felicity Marlow Principal
Recently I have been enjoying watching the American TV reality show titled ‘Alone’. The show follows the self-documented daily struggles of 10 individuals as they survive alone in the wilderness for as long as possible using ten items that they have chosen to help survive. Apart from medical check-ins, the participants are isolated from each other and all other humans. In the most recent season participants attempt to survive for 100 days in the Arctic in order to win a one-million-dollar prize.
These participants face all the struggles that come with being truly alone in the wilderness, but they aren’t your average weekend campers. They are all highly experienced in survival techniques and know a thing or two about building shelters, trapping, hunting, ice fishing and how to use every part of an animal to your advantage. It turns out musk ox brains makes quite a good moisturiser to repair skin damage from the blistering artic winds. I hope I never find myself in a position to use that information!
Watching participants use their survival skills to overcome the conditions is enthralling. However, as the contestants progress through each day, it becomes apparent that the greatest challenge to overcome is not the daily struggle to find food and water. The most significant hurdle to overcome is the mental pressure of being alone. We all know that long periods of being alone is not a pleasant experience. During the pandemic many of us have had had our own periods of isolation to deal with. Being alone has such an impact on humans that the United Nations declare that more than 15 days of solitary confinement is officially considered torture. What is it about being alone that is so damaging to our souls? Why do we yearn for connection and relationship?
God’s word tells us that we have been created in His image. Just as God is a relational being who desires to be with His people, we have been created in His likeness to also desire relationship. In Genesis, we learn that God created the world and everything in it, and his creation is described at each stage as good. The first thing that is described as not good, is that man would be alone (Genesis 2:18).
Being in relationship with others gives us the opportunity to fully reflect the character of God. To love, forgive, empathise and serve all require other people. When we live life in community, we have the opportunity to honour God with our actions. This can present challenges, and while the learning can be painful, we also grow and become more Christ-like as we treat others as God would treat them. While each of us has been blessed with many gifts from God, no one person has every gift. In Romans 12:5 we read, “so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Our differences are intentional and enable us the blessing of serving others. God blesses us with people in our lives, but our most significant relationship will always be with the one who promises us abundant life. The importance of this connection is described in John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Staying connected to the vine sustains us and enables us to live a purposeful life that blesses others.
The importance of relating in learning is reflected in our Building Purposeful Lives (BPL) framework. The ‘Relate’ quadrant is supported by the learning dispositions of empathising, collaborating, emulating and communicating. To grow our social skills we reflect on how we interact, why we interact that way, and how to improve in order to form and maintain strong, positive connections with others. Relating through service in community is how to “love your neighbour as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). Perhaps a blessing of recent times is that our young people, and in fact all of us, know how good it is to not be alone. We can support them to navigate the challenges of community by helping them to reflect on the following questions: How can we empathise, collaborate, emulate and communicate to strengthen community? Assisting our young people to grow these relational skills will bless their lives and the lives of those around them.
Daryl Hinton Head of Secondary Years
2023 Notice Reminder
We love having your family as part of the College community, and look forward to partnering with you in 2023 to continue to realise your desire for your child to have a Christ-centred education that inspires and equips them to build a purposeful life. However, if you are considering withdrawing your child/ren from the College for 2023, a friendly reminder to please notify the College in writing to [email protected] by the last day of Term 3 (Friday, 23 September), to ensure you provide the full term’s notice required as per your Enrolment Agreement.
Please click here to read a letter from the Heads of Years in regards to Jersey Day to be held on Friday, 2 September 2022.
Fathers' Day Events 2022
There are two special College events to celebrate Fathers' Day. We would love to have you join us as we celebrate and acknowledge the important role of fathers in our lives.
From Monday, 5 September students can wear their summer uniform. Click here for more information on Uniform Requirements.
P&F Meeting - Wednesday, 7 September
Wednesday, 7 September at 7:30pm
The next P&F Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 7 September commencing at 7:30pm in the Atrium. Regular P&F items (events and reports) will be discussed. Additionally, Mr Colin Wood, Deputy Principal will be the College representative. He will be talking about the College’s Service Program.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Community Workshop - Term 3, 2022
Tuesday, 13 September 2022 Community Workshop Evening
The P&F are excited to host the next Community Workshop on Tuesday, 13 September 2022 at 7pm to 8:30pm in the College Atrium.
Following on from the high level of interest indicated in our community survey responses regarding building resilience and supporting our children in their mental health, we have been able to secure Kylie Warry from the Resilience Centre to present a session to college parents titled "Building The Resilience of Your Children and Young People". This is a session designed for parents to better support their children of all ages with developing resilience for life, and utilises the Resilience Doughnut model. All parents from ELC, Primary and Secondary are invited and encouraged to attend. Why not chat with some other parents from your year group, and come along together to the session.
Given the importance and high level of interest shown in this topic, we are very keen for as many parents to access this session as possible. We are therefore pleased to be able to offer this workshop as a fee-free event with costs covered by recent fundraising efforts. It would however be very helpful if you could please click here to RSVP.
The P&F will have a small canteen available for purchasing refreshments during the evening.
Year 12 Graduation 2022
Year 12 Graduation Assembly Class of 2022
Friday, 23 September 2022 College Atrium 11:30 am (doors open 11:00am)
Please join us for this special event celebrating the Class of 2022 and their achievements. Following the ceremony there will be a photographer available for graduation photos with families.
An email with more detailed information will be sent to families of Year 12 students closer to the date.
New College Uniform Coming 2024
For 17 years now our College uniform has served us well. It's colours have helped us claim a unique identity in the community and parent's have appreciated cost-effective pricing.
Today we are announcing that the College has committed to undertaking a comprehensive review of the College uniform, addressing all items in the range. We have recently engaged Noone to propose new uniform designs that promote Norwest Christian College's contemporary and innovative identity and incorporate our recently launched new logo. As part of this review, focus groups will be conducted throughout Term 4 so that all stakeholders in the community will have an opportunity to provide feedback.
Please note that there will be a well-considered pathway to the uniform transition. Whilst it will be available for adoption in January 2024 it is likely that only Kindergarten, Year 7, and Year 11 students will be required to be in the new uniform from the first day of Term 1, 2024. All other students will be provided with a reasonable window of time to transition to the new uniform.
Further details will be provided in the coming months, however, if you would like to be considered for a focus group for this exciting task of creating a new College uniform please email Mrs Bree Bond at [email protected].
Rivo Spring Club
Rivo Spring Club Friday, 7 October
Norwest Christian College and Riverstone Baptist Church are looking forward to welcoming back our Rivo Spring Club! Come and join to find the greatest treasure with our 'Lost & Found' theme that we'll explore through the Bible with games, drama, craft, music, Bible talks and puppet shows.
As Term 3 progresses please take a moment to catch up on a few Seed Academy reminders
Will your child be absent from their Seed lesson? As a courtesy for our tutor’s time, if your child will be absent from the College on the day of their Seed Academy lesson (for any reason), please email their individual tutor or [email protected].
Seed Dance collection times
· Wednesday: Junior Jazz/Ballet concludes at 4:15pm
· Thursday: Tiny Tots Kindergarten concludes at 4:00pm
· Friday: Tiny Tots ELC concludes at 4:00pm
Please collect your child promptly at the conclusion of the class. Our Dance Tutor will be preparing for the next Dance class and is unable to provide care for students after their lesson.
If your child is enrolled with OSHC or ELC on their dance day, they will be collected by OSHC staff or returned to ELC.
Instrument Rental still available Thinking about playing brass or woodwind in the College Concert Band? Consider renting an instrument through Seed Academy for $70 per term, or $35 for half a term. Renting is a wonderful way to experiment with different instruments without a large financial commitment.
Term 4 enrolments - now open If your child would like to try a new instrument, vocals, or dance class, email [email protected] for details of availability.
Alternatively, some of our classes have waitlists, so if you plan to unenrol your child from a class at the end of Term 3, please email [email protected].
Save the date This year our Thrive Showcase will be on 19 November. Save the date!
In conjunction with Literacy Fun Day, our annual Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the LRC (Library), with all purchases directly contributing to the growth of our College Library books and resources.
The Book Fair will commence on Friday, 26 August (Literacy Fun Day). The Library will be open Friday morning from 10:00am - 11:20am, for parents who are already on campus enjoying our Literacy Fun Day Parade.
The Book Fair will then continue into Week 6 from Monday – Wednesday. The Library will be open at lunch and after school on these days to purchase books.
Book Fair dates and times:
Friday, 26 August – 10:00am – 11:20am,
Lunchtime and After school (3pm – 4pm)
Monday, 29 August - Lunchtime and after school (3pm - 4pm)
Tuesday,30 August - Lunchtime and after school (3pm - 4pm)
Wednesday, 31 August - Lunchtime and after school (3pm - 4pm)
Sales and Fundraising All purchases from the Book Fair directly contribute to the growth of the current book collections in the Library. EFTPOS facilities are available and cash sales can be made with students during lunchtimes.
Donations In addition, the Library also welcomes Book Fair purchases that are directly donated to the Library. As an acknowledgment of Library patronage, all Book Fair donations will be labelled with the family name on a specially marked bookplate.
Uniform Shop Online Ordering
You can now order child/ren’s uniform items through Munch Monitor. This allows you to order and pay online either through your Munch Monitor account or by a credit card. When you log into your Munch Monitor account head to ‘School Shop’ to purchase any uniform items you may need. All these orders will be packed and delivered to your child’s class.
If you do not currently have a Munch Monitor account just go to: www.munchmonitor.com and click to login and register. -School Id: norwest -Password: munch2765
Sizing guides are on our Website or any other questions please don’t hesitate to email [email protected] or phone 8889 4600.
Vanessa Kwan Uniform Shop Coordinator
Primary Communication Notes
Click here to read the Primary Communication Notes.